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Ace of Aces(1933)

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  • A riveting psychological drama filled with action

    • Movie scrivener
    • 5/29/17

    Quick mention: In the barracks, the "resident" airman guitarist plays and sings the entire pacifist song, "I didn't bring up my son to be a soldier", a popular WWI anti-war song.Filmed and released between the world wars, "Ace of Aces" gives the audience a small taste of war hysteria as the band marches, the drums beat, and the soldiers in uniform march in cadence in a parade down the main street. "Like lemmings," our hero Richard Dix claims, as he watches from the upstairs windows of Dix' artist studio, where he's in the process of modelling a sculpture. Dix explains what lemmings are to his uniformed Red Cross nurse girlfriend to whom he's engaged, but the lady is highly offended by Dix' characterization of "brave soldiers" as lemmings, marching off to suicide without rhyme or reason.Dix explains that he doesn't want to kill other men, but his lady friend replies by calling him a coward. He appeals to her, asking her to look at the matter intelligently, but she responds by saying that in times of trouble real men are willing to sacrifice everything without "intelligence" and to do what is necessary!Humiliated and now no longer engaged to his girlfriend, Dix joins the military and becomes a flyer. We watch as Dix transforms from a gentleman into his new role as an intensely focussed military killer, an "assassin" as his squad leader pejoratively calls him. Like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the face become rigid, the eyes become fixed, Dix is no longer a witty and easy-going companion, he is now simply a killing machine with his face is drawn and lacking all emotion except for the pleasure he exhibits when engaged in shooting down the enemy.On the flip side we see the girlfriend, the nurse, up to her elbows in blood and filth as she struggles to help the wounded, watching as men die in agony before her. The romantic view of war and the grand words disappear in the reality of death and despair the nurse is witnessing. It is a movie to relish and enjoy.

  • Ace of aces

    • Kathy
    • 5/29/17

    I felt the main actor Richard Dix was too old to be playing the main character. He was 40 at the time. Seems like being a fighter pilot would be a younger man's job. Also his love interest was 20 years younger.

  • He Was The Ace Of Aces

    • Rick Ellis
    • 5/14/14

    I saw this film a number of years ago and it has stayed with me today, a very good plot, Richard Dix is greatas the coward branded by his girlfriend for his refusal to fight in the Great War (World War One) He provesher wrong and goes on to become the war's Ace Of Aces but in the end he pays a heavy price. It should beon DVD. Old Films such as this one are fast fading away on the emulsion film they were made on. Thereis still time to save this one.

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    • Richard Dix
    • 5/10/12

    Okay picture

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